4. Nurture your relationships.
Family relationships, friendships, and marriages should be nourished in recovery. Humans have an inherent need for connection. Substance abuse can harm those relationships and connections, so part of the recovery effort should include special attention to reconnecting and restoring the bond.
In recovery, the core support network—friends and family—will need to be honored. Cultivate these relationships to enjoy emotional stability as well as an excellent source of recovery support.
5. Practice gratitude.
It is very nourishing to the spirit to acknowledge the daily blessings experienced in recovery. Calling to mind all that is right in one’s world will offset the negatives and help keep the individual in a positive frame of mind.
Even the smallest little things that were a source of joy or elicited a smile are a source of gratitude. Express your thanks to others generously and regularly, and keep a gratitude journal to get in the habit of acknowledging your blessings.
Mindfulness is a highly effective tool for managing distracting thoughts and emotions in early recovery. Mindfulness can help train the mind to redirect negative or stressful thoughts and feelings and learn to accept them without judgment. Practicing mindfulness can help reduce the risk of relapse and give the individual a greater sense of control in their new sober life.